Colin Campbell: ‘Special Master’ Is Good News For Democrats

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Publish Date:
November 7, 2017
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  • Cook, Elizabeth
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Salisbury Post
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A law professor out in California could end up having a big impact in North Carolina’s 2018 elections for the state legislature. Nathaniel Persily of Stanford University recently got a $500-an-hour job from federal court judges, who have charged him with drawing new district lines for nine House and Senate districts that the judges think may have been unconstitutionally gerrymandered.

Persily’s official title is “special master” — a legal term that makes him sound like a minor Star Wars character — and Democrats are rejoicing over his hiring. “I believe this will give us the chance to re-tilt the balance of power in the legislature and help us in the 2018 elections,” said Rep. Graig Meyer, D-Orange, in a Facebook video, shortly before hitting up his followers for campaign donations.

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